A few months back I felt that I needed to try to tame at least one Windows 10 machine. Forked out $800 for machine and big monitor.
Hacked it for a while. Had no reason to trust it. Got depressed and turned it off. Time went by. Then decided to go the XP/7 route. Found a guy refurbing old computers.
Ended up taking back the $800 boat anchor, which completely paid for FOUR refurbed-to-my-spec systems, and one new LCD. Could not be happier.
By the way, tried to downgrade the Windows 10 machine and ran into a little snag...while installing an older version of Windows, (after the necessary BIOS changes) it decided to disable the USB ports...in mid-install. Not sure if this is a feature, or a benefit.
I know first hand someone who just got performance-review pressured to leave their job because they weren't playing ping pong enough. This marketing/web company has a ping pong table in the middle of the office and apparently only non-team players avoid using it during working hours.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to begin picking up the pieces of my exploded cranium.
It _is_ possible to down-vote a review.
It is _not_ possible to show how net negative a review was rated.
Example 1: it used to show "10 out of 197 people liked this review". Now it shows "10 liked it"
Example 2: it used to show "0 out of 197 people liked this review". Now it shows "...crickets..."
Both are now misleading but weren't before.
Short of a mod/meta-mod system, there is no way to stop people from posting and voting the way they want, and often in groups.
When you switch it to no down votes, all you do is lose comment value. Whereas if you left the bias in there, the pattern could at least be seen and avoided by many.
For example, I've seen (on IMDb) where someone clearly when down the page of reviews and -1'd all the 9 or 10 star reviews. So you can factor that in and not get fooled by it. Also, software can limit how many votes you have, or how many votes are allowed per hour, etc.
By the way, alt-left communities do the same thing. The notion that we only want to block one side of things is fascism at its finest.
Right. Last year Amazon turned off the "No" votes in the reviews on Amazon.com. Those "No" votes were useful. Now you only see "x people liked this comment", or nothing. But how much was the nothing? -1? -100?
It is ironic that Facebook *started* this way, then changed...
Why don't slashdotters form an enterprise?
I'd pay a hundred bucks for a copy of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB.
No, it's like having a car with 5 wheels bearing the load in such a way that if 1 fails, the load is still carried by the other 4. And then you change the 5th tire.
There are use cases.
One client I have is a quadraplegic. Voice recognition on his laptop, and Alexa available to him when he is away from the laptop or merely wants a daily news snapshot, etc.
Alexa is not perfect, of course. Last week I asked "her" how tall Jeremy Clarkson is and it came back with 6 feet, when he is in fact 6 feet 5 inches (on wiki anyway).
Still, it is invaluable for a person in this situation.
Privacy stuff? The average
So the comparison with worse-than-useless 3D TV is not valid.
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